Ben Simmons has shown in this year's Summer League that he has the potential to lead the Philadelphia 76ers into a more prosperous era, but the player himself believes playing in a familiar environment is aiding his progress.
The Australian forward, who turns 20 on Wednesday, has known his head coach Brett Brown since he was a toddler. Back then, Brown was coaching Simmons' father in Australia and struck up a relationship with his family.
The 2016 number one overall draft pick also has pre-existing relationships with Philly big men Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid and it's helped made his transition from college almost seamless.
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"It is pretty perfect," Simmons said of being surrounded by familiar faces in Philadelphia. ""I could not be in a better situation."
"I've learned everyone's game pretty well over the past two weeks," Simmons said. "We have grown a lot from Utah to here."
Given how long he has known his peers, it should take long for them to acclimatise to Simmons' guard-like attributes in the frontcourt.
"I've known them since 10th grade so we have had that chemistry for a while," Simmons said. "As soon as we hit the court, hopefully it is the same. I am looking forward to playing with them."
In his four games in Las Vegas, Simmons averaged 12.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 5.2 turnovers and shot 40.9 percent from the field. He showed he has the potential to be a triple-double threat down the road and he is committed to learning.
"I think I played pretty well overall," Simmons said of his summer league experience. "A lot of learning and growing to do, and that comes with it. I am looking forward to getting to Philly and getting started."